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Sentencing in cat-killing case in southwest Newfoundland set over to the spring

Peter Rossiter and Jody Anderson have been convicted of killing Mittens the cat in Port aux Basques in September 2019.
A sentencing hearing for Peter Rossiter and Jody Anderson will now take place in Port aux Basques in April. The southwest coast man and woman were convicted in December 2020 of killing Mittens the cat, shown in this file photo. — Contributed
STEPHENVILLE, N.L. —

The sentencing hearing for a man and woman from Newfoundland's southwest coast found guilty of killing Mittens the cat has been postponed until April.

Peter Rossiter and Jody Anderson had been convicted Dec. 1, 2020 of brutally killing Mittens with an axe at Anderson’s home in Port aux Basques in September 2019.

Mittens had been placed in Anderson’s care by a local rescue group after his owner died. She had been a friend of Mittens' previous owner and was familiar with the cat.

During the trial in October, a woman testified to being at Anderson’s home the night Mittens was killed. She saw Rossiter and Anderson go into the bathroom with an axe and an empty garbage bag, adding one of them was carrying the cat.

When they exited the bathroom, she said Rossiter was holding the bag and he and Anderson left the apartment with it. The woman never saw the cat after and his body has never been recovered.

The pair had been scheduled for a sentencing hearing before Judge Lynn Cole in Stephenville Provincial Court on Friday, but when the matter was called lawyers for Rossiter and Anderson requested pre-sentence reports for their clients.

Cole set the sentencing hearing to April 21. The hearing will be held in Port aux Basques circuit court.


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